Dear SIBA member,
It was great seeing so many of you at the SITS & GABBS event in Atlanta a week or so ago. For those of you who couldn’t attend here’s a recap of the education that SIBA and the ABA provided:
- I presented the results from the first ABACUS South financial survey (Power Point, handout). Many thanks to the ABA for making this possible! I’d love to get even more SIBA members participating this year so watch for the survey for FY 2015 coming from the ABA in a few months. For those who’ve never participated, take a look at the questions from last year’s survey and you’ll see that it’s basic information taken from your taxes. So hand a copy to your bookkeeper (i.e., the store owner for many of us J) or accountant and ask them how hard it would be for you to participate this year.
- We heard about the New Localism from Oren Teicher, the CEO of ABA, and then had an open discussion forum about the challenges and opportunities we are seeing in our channel.
The SIBA board also held our first board meeting of the year. We drafted a survey that I’ll be asking you to fill out in my next bimonthly email. Since this is my last year on the board, we have a slot coming open and I encourage you to consider serving; self-nominations are welcome. Feel free to email and ask me any questions you might have about serving. Here is the Call for Nominations. Deadline for nominations is end of day, April 15.
I hope many of you are planning to attend BEA in Chicago in May. Remember to pack your Y’all Buttons so it will be easier for us to recognize each other among the hordes. BEA has heard bookseller complaints about the show being in NYC for the last several years and is testing moving it around the country. So when deciding whether to attend or not keep in mind that if we don’t bring a good turnout of booksellers to Chicago then the show may move back to NYC permanently. ABA member booksellers who have not attended BEA in the last two years have the opportunity to win one of 60 BEA Scholarships that consist of cash stipends of $435 each to help defray their hotel and travel costs to BEA 2016. The ABA will hold their publicity speed-dating event again this year. I participated last year and highly recommend it.
I’m so happy the weather has finally warmed up and I hope you’re having lots of customers looking for Easter gifts and gardening books!
Fiction Addiction owner